Created on Monday, 17 June 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Former NFL star Chad Johnson is hoping to persuade a South Florida judge to reduce a 30-day jail sentence imposed after Johnson slapped his attorney on the backside in court.
A hearing was set Monday morning before Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh. Johnson's attorney Adam Swickle said the rear-end slap was not disrespect but was a football player's way of saying thanks.
McHugh sent the 35-year-old formerly known as Chad Ochocinco to jail last week. Johnson was in court because of a probation violation stemming from a domestic altercation he had with his then-wife, TV reality star Evelyn Lozada.
Johnson was cut by the Miami Dolphins after that altercation. He played most of his 11 NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and a year with the New England Patriots.